Erin Willard reviews Being Human airing on SyFy. SyFy takes on the hit UK show about a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf living together as they attempt to keep hold of their humanity in this re-imagining.
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“You can feel the storm gathering…” so Sally says in the opening voiceover. I wish I could feel the storm gathering. I was definitely feeling that last week, in fact the storm had arrived and looked as if it would just keep getting bigger and bigger. And then, this week, the wind got sucked out. What happened to the momentum? I don’t like a calm before the storm when it’s the second-to-last episode of the season. Yes, yes, the ending was good. Still, I just wasn’t feeling it this week. Except –
HOW COOL WAS ZOMBIE SALLY?! She looked AWESOME. Kudos to the makeup department and to the actor, her carriage was so perfectly creepy! I’ll admit that I was ever-so-slightly disappointed when she returned to normal. And I’m sorry, but nearly killing Danny brought her back to normal? Those are some really weird supernatural rules. Revenge Is Good. Hmm… It was interesting seeing how her returned strength made her feel encouraged to torture and kill him. Even when she stopped Aidan from killing him – and wow, how cool did Aidan look when he was looking down on Danny with those sunglasses? – she then told Danny he wasn’t being saved per se, just saved to be tortured. Somehow it felt much more righteous when she inhabited the exorcist, or even back when she trashed Danny’s apartment. I know I know, I have always maintained that Sally was at her best when she was strong, and I still believe that, but strong so that she can torture him doesn’t really feel strong, it just feels… creepy, and not in a good way.
But hey, it’s all okay now that Danny’s gone! Except Danny isn’t “gone,” he’s simply turned himself in. For now. I don’t know, it all just felt kind of… rushed? It just didn’t feel satisfying, like “yay, it’s all over for Danny now, he’s admitted it and Sally can move on.” If they really wanted to sell that then I feel like Danny needed to be more emphatic, more terrified, or the police officer needed to have a bigger reaction, maybe radio in the homicide team, just SOMETHING. And THAT’s why Sally got her door, Danny saying that he killed his fiancee? It certainly wasn’t because Sally forgave him, because she didn’t, she promised to make his life a living hell. Really, really “interesting” rules for the supernatural in the Syfy Being Human world. But there it is, Sally’s door, floating in the living room. I did like how flustered Sally was about the door, it felt very authentic. Because the door mythology in Syfy’s Being Human is different from the UK version, I really have no idea what’s coming next, and I am interested. Not exactly dying to find out, but interested.
A good example of where the energy went all quiet was the Aidan flashback. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but it didn’t feel like the right story at the right time. I’m sure there’s a reason and I trust the writers, I learned this from LOST. They’re the professionals, and they have a plan. I would have thought it was to lay the foundation for increased rage from Aidan, if Celine had told him what had actually happened, that Bishop had attacked her and threatened her family. That would have helped push Aidan back into the Dutch camp, or at least even further away from Bishop. And why didn’t she tell him what happened when he asked? In nearly her next sentence she referenced the fact that Aidan had said that Bishop was gone. That would have been perfect timing. I suppose she felt it didn’t matter anymore, and that she had lived a happy life after a while, but still. Again, it was a good story, and it gave Aidan the opportunity to see the benefit of offering to turn someone. And of course, it gave the costume department a chance to go 70s, which was a riot, and gave post production a chance to use a purple wash on those scenes – so very clever, making the scenes look like what 70s photos now look like. For you youngsters who may not have seen them, photos from the 60s and 70s now look like they’ve had a purple wash on them, it’s the way the chemicals on the prints have deteriorated that gives them that effect. Lesson over.
I thought I might be able to get through this review without having to mention actual storylines from the UK version, but I have to with Josh’s story line. If you want to see the UK version but haven’t yet, or at least haven’t caught up to the latest episodes on BBC America, skip the rest of this paragraph. Now for the rest of you – I find it so interesting that the Josh/Nora pregnancy is mimicking the George/Nina pregnancy. We only recently learned that Nina’s pregnancy is greatly accelerated, and now, appropriately, so is Nora’s. There are of course several differences, beyond just the fact that one relationship has been around for much longer than the other. But Nora isn’t a werewolf, at least as far as we know, and though it was the night of a full moon, George hadn’t turned when he got Nora pregnant. So either the two worlds are different, or we know that having one parent be a werewolf, even if not in beast form, is enough to affect the pregnancy. That rapid growth will likely prohibit Nora from having an abortion, if she was still considering it. Other than the rapid growth, though, it appears that both pregnancies are normal. So far at least. I don’t relish the idea of Nora’s abdomen being ripped open from the inside. Which is why I found Aidan’s advice to “hold on to the good part, the rest you’ll deal with as it comes” more than a little ridiculous, especially as he’s never heard of a werewolf pregnancy before. Please please, again I implore the showrunners/writers/powers that be to NOT have Josh prolong the reveal, please have him tell Nora about his condition soon. I like Josh and Nora very much, and don’t like this particular aspect of their situation.
UK Spoilers Over. So, was that Bishop who flew in through the widow uninvited? If so he didn’t look quite like himself (yes, I do understand that his flesh was burning), and if not, they should have used someone with different hair color. Presuming it was, how badly did that intrusion injure him? That might be a good and interesting twist. But why oh why did Josh simply hold Aidan’s arm and call and yell Aidan’s name? Pre-med student Josh? I sure don’t want him interning in an ER, that’s for sure. It was fine as an initial reaction, but it went on waaaaaay too long. And come on, do any of us believe that Aidan’s really going to die?
Okay, I’m done picking at it. It really was a solid episode that moved the story along, but if they could have somehow switched last week’s for this week’s it would have been a much more exciting build up to the season finale.